Matt Kenseth Bristol Race Advance

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Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway

No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Toyota News and Notes:

  • JOE GIBBS RACING AT BRISTOL:  Joe Gibbs Racing has 114 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol and has earned nine wins, 24 top-five, 41 top-ten finishes, and 10 poles.  The organization has led for a total of 5,258 laps, has an average start of 15.3, an average finish of 18.4, and has completed 52,532 of 56,934 (92.3 percent) laps.
  • KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 34 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 14.2.  He’s completed 16,058 of 17,027 (94.3 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 1,572 laps.  Kenseth has earned four wins at Bristol, with his most recent win coming in 2015’s Food City 500.  He’s also earned two poles, 13 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes at BMS.
  • RACE INFO: The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (0.53-mile) begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 23rd. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

Kenseth’s Career Cup Series Stats at Bristol Motor Speedway (Spring Races):

Date            Event                                        S      F       Laps          Status 

3/26/00        Food City 500                           22    12      500/500     Running

3/25/01        Food City 500                           24    14      500/500     Running

3/24/02        Food City 500                            6      6       500/500     Running

3/23/03        Food City 500                           37     2       500/500     Running

3/28/04        Food City 500                           23     5       500/500     Running

4/03/05        Food City 500                           25    16      497/500     Running

3/26/06        Food City 500                            7      3       500/500     Running

3/25/07        Food City 500                           38     11     504/504     Running

3/16/08        Food City 500                            4      10     506/506     Running

3/22/09        Food City 500                           33     33     497/503     Running

3/21/10        Food City 500                            7       5      500/500     Running

3/20/11        Food City 500                           11      4      500/500     Running

3/18/12        Food City 500                           21      2      500/500     Running

3/17/13        Food City 500                           12     35     390/500     Crash

3/16/14        Food City 500                            3      13     503/503     Running

4/19/15        Food City 500                            1       1      511/511     Running

4/17/16        Food City 500                            2      36     460/500     Running

Kenseth’s Career Sprint Cup Series Stats at Bristol:

                          Races     Wins      Top 5s     Top 10       Poles

Cumulative        34            4            13             20               2

Kenseth’s 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
7 0 1 3 0 0 11.4 21.4

Kenseth’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
621 38 172 312 18 11,330 17.3 14.2

From the Cockpit:

Matt Kenseth: “Bristol has changed so much throughout the years, but it’s still a place where you walk in and are always amazed looking at the banking.  The stands are also just huge and seem to sit on top of the track, so it’s just a really intense place to race.  At Bristol, you obviously want to have the track position at the end for those last restarts and in the past, you generally wanted to have the outside lane.  The inside lane has always been a deficit there lately to try and make anything happen, especially on restarts, but I know that they’re always working to get that lane to come in better.  The toughest part about Bristol is being able to finish the pass.  You can get enough speed to typically get underneath people, but it’s hard to finish, and the top land gets so much faster than the rest of the track, particularly from the middle of the race to the finish where passing can get difficult.”

From the Pit Box:

Jason Ratcliff: “It sounds like they put VHT down on the bottom lane of Bristol again for this weekend.  The last time they did that, it seemed like it had a little bit of an effect on the surface, so we’ll see what happens.  By doing that, they’re trying to make it more appealing for cars to run the bottom lane so that cars don’t always migrate to the top lane.  Typically, we tend to get a lot of cautions at Bristol, so I don’t know that the stages are going to be a big deal.  The stages may increase the action a bit as we get closer to the breaks since guys are fighting to get points, or fighting to get a win and bonus points, but as far as strategy goes though, I don’t anticipate this weekend at Bristol being a whole lot different than in the past.”

No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Toyota / Joe Gibbs Racing Team:

Driver – Matt Kenseth                             Crew Chief – Jason Ratcliff                           Car Chief – Jason Overstreet

Engineer – Levi Porter                             Engineer – Mike Lorusso                        Shock Specialist –Scott Myers

Mechanic – Chris Sherwood                  Mechanic – Jason Overstreet             Mechanic – Alan Buzze

Engine Tuner – Gregg Wilson               Tire Specialist – Jerold Shires                     Spotter – Jason Hedlesky

Jackman – Graham Molatch Gasman – John Eicher                                               Front Tire Changer –Houston Stamper

Front Tire Carrier – Joe Crossen           Rear Tire Carrier – Eric Groen                Rear Tire Changer –Steven Tautges

Pit Support – Bill Byrne Pit Support – Jon Williams Pit Support – AlanCopley

Truck Drivers – Tom McCrimmon & Chris Miko


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